This is the first in a series of blogs that covers the basic aspects of Australian uniforms during the First World War. There is a great diversity between nursing uniforms of the First World War. This variety is due to the fact that nursing uniforms were not centrally manufactured or issued in this war. Instead, nurses were given a uniform allowance to equip themselves and were allowed to make their own uniforms if they chose. This, and tailoring variations within Australia and overseas, led to considerable variety in the uniforms as can be seen in contemporary photographs.

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Friday 9 May 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 10 comments
Collection, News family, Commemoration, RAAF, Roll of Honour, U-boat

Memorial gold brooch presented to John Freeth’s mother, Ethel. The portrait photograph in the pendant was a hand coloured copy of one taken in Piccadilly, London in 1943.

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Friday 9 May 2014 by . 2 comments
Collection, Collection Highlights, News

Reading Room, Saturday 17 May 2014, 11.00am. Bookings are essential.

Have you ever wondered what happens to the military’s official documents?

Have you ever wondered how historians and academics access military documents and files for their research?

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Thursday 8 May 2014 by Kathleen Cusack. 2 comments
Education at the Memorial, Memorial box banter, News

Nearly a century has passed since the First World War began. It has been almost seventy five years since the Second World War and over fifty years since the arrival of Australian troops in Vietnam. It is little wonder that it can be challenging for students today to understand the contribution Australians have made in wartime.

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Tuesday 6 May 2014 by John Holloway. 4 comments
Education at the Memorial, News

What is it?

Examine this object and tell us what you think it is in the comments. 

We will post the answer and the full story next week!

This is #9 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it.

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In November 2013 the Memorial purchased 13 First World War (FWW) posters at the auction of the Dr Hans Sachs collection in New York. As part of my research into the collector Dr Hans Sachs (1882-1974) I discovered that, his passion for the graphic arts led to a German U-boat becoming an unlikely exhibition venue for posters at the height of the First World War.

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Last Thursday the Photograph Section was given the opportunity to host two recently returned veterans of the war in Afghanistan, as part of an ongoing Soldiers in Residence program. The program is designed to familiarize soldiers with the work of the Memorial, at the same time exposing Memorial staff to aspects of ADF culture and practices that might enhance staff’s understanding of the modern Defence members’ experiences in war and other operations.

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Saturday 26 April 2014 by Stuart Baines.
Education at the Memorial, Battlefield Tours, Simpson Prize 2014, News

Lack of sleep and the enormity of the day yesterday has prevented the blog going up earlier. It is always a unique experience when taking a bunch of teenagers to an event like this. Each year they critically examine their experience and all bring their own perspective. Commemoration is powerful but it also resonates in different ways for people. I am always fascinated to see how our Simpson Prize winners react, and even more so the ensuing debates on the long bus ride to Istanbul.

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